As a writer and editor, I have enjoyed many years meeting and interviewing many fascinating people, and visiting wonderful locations worldwide.

Now that I am largely based in East Anglia, I am indulging my passion for books, reading, and writing by interviewing authors, hosting events and sharing my reviews and recommendations.

Each month I host book clubs on air for BBC Radio Suffolk with the afternoon presenter, Lesley Dolphin, and I chair and organise author talks for children and adults.

Past events include Alexander McCall Smith, Margaret Drabble, Victoria Hislop, Griff Rhys Jones, Kate Mosse, Deborah Moggach, Maggie O'Farrell, Michael Morpurgo, Robert Peston, Kate Humble, Alan Johnson MP and many more.

I hope you will enjoy reading details of my events, my reviews and recommendations.



coming soon

Wednesday 27th March, 7.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
Talking all things chocolate - with treats!
Friday 5th April, 8.00pm
at Woodbridge Library
The author of the best-selling 'Chocolat' introduces the latest instalment, 'The Strawberry Thief'.
Thursday 11th April, 7.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
A popular writer of suspense, Erin Kelly introduces her new novel 'Stone Mothers' which is set in Suffolk, in a former mental hospital

Further ahead

Wednesday 17th April, 7.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
Acclaimed writer, Jill Dawson introduces her stunning new novel inspired by the unsolved case surrounding Lord Lucan.
Tuesday 7th May, 1.00pm
at Woodbridge Library
A lunchtime meeting with the bestselling crime writer, introducing 'A Book of Bones'
Tuesday 7th May, 7.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
One of the greatest composers of the 20th century, introduced to us by his biographer, Oliver Soden.

recent events

Wednesday 6 March 2019
Talking about 'The Pull of the River', an adventure in a two-man canoe.
Wednesday 20 February 2019
Award-winning writer, Julia Blackburn shared her fascination with Doggerland, the space that links England with Holland, in her new book 'Time Song'.
Wednesday 13 February 2019
Hugely popular crime writer, Elly Griffiths attracted a capacity audience for this launch of 'The Stone Circle' the latest in her series about forensic archaeologist, Ruth Galloway.


Visit my archive pages for details of all events in recent years.

Book reviews

Look out for

by Renee Knight
A battle of power which is delicately and subtly drawn. Just who is in control?
by Beth O'Leary
Leon and Tiffy share a flat and a bed, but they've never met. Is this the perfect solution to the cost of living in London? Published in April

For children

by Sophie Green
A fabulous, inventive, funny, detective-ghost story which is the first of a trilogy. And what a great cover!
Review date: 23.03.19
by Paola Peretti
A charming, poignant tale of a young girl who is facing the loss of her sight.
Review date: 03.10.18

On the radio

BBC Radio Suffolk

Catherine at BBC Radio SuffolkOn the first Tuesday of each month, at 2.30pm, I join Lesley Dolphin on the afternoon programme at BBC Radio Suffolk to discuss the book of the month which I have chosen for her feature called Lesley's Readers. Listeners are invited to send in comments by text or email, or by phoning the programme on 0800 141 2121.

Lesley's Readers are reading...

Nine Lessons
by Nicola Upson

We have just read.....

My blog

Sunday 3 February 2019

The Strawberry Thief

On Friday 5th April long-standing favourite writer, Joanne Harris will be joining us to introduce her latest novel 'The Strawberry Thief'.

Do you remember 'Chocolat'? Can you believe it was almost 20 years ago since the book was published? It sold in its millions and was followed by the release of the Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp.